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My Own Manifesto

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Bloggers, Editorial, Rant
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 I have a dream that a few great ideas, given to the right minds, can change the world.

Have you ever had a dream? What about a reoccurring dream? What about a dream that just keeps happening until it become a part of your very being? I have a lot of those dreams. I have a dream that a few great ideas, given to the right minds, can change the world. It’s not a simple dream though. I find the best ones normally aren’t. To make the world a better place it takes a lot more than just good intentions. It takes communication, it takes guidance, and it takes compassion. Sometimes it just takes one person saying, “Hey that was a good idea. Can I hear more?”

I find myself at odds ends a lot of days. I have a calling for leadership. This calling makes me feel like some sort of know it all that has everything all figured out. That’s not the truth. I think it’s more like I want to find it all out. I want to know the answers, or find the way to get the answers. I want to put the right ideas in the right hands and get the best questions asked and answered. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but sometimes, you just have to listen to people to hear what they are really saying. It’s not always in the words either, sometimes it’s in their body language, the stories they bring up, or even the way they turn a phrase. You have to ask questions, you have to be involved with people to get the most out of them. I feel this is a lost art.

Do we not see through the investment in our fellow-man because it takes work? Do we not go the distance because the journey is too hard? No it will not be easy. Yes you have to pay attention, take notes if you have to. Study people, understand them like you would a good story, song, or other body of art. Ask questions, fill in the blanks, be more than just a viewer. We need to experience people instead of just read them. These are skills that for the strangest reasons have become secondhand in nature. It is no good. We can do so much better. I’m just not ready to give up. There is a better way. There has to be. There are far and few things a dedicated team of people cannot accomplish. We can’t do it alone, but there is nothing we can’t do together.

I personally like to learn about people. I find them a very great and unique subject. Each one is different and even if they have all the same factors their personal experience is always unique to themselves. It is one of the countless joys of being human. I can’t get past the idea that with these people and experiences we can do something big. Just something massive and life changing. I want to be a part of that. I want to use everything I’ve learned to be part of a force that changes the world for the better. We might have to start small and just change ourselves. Then build to our community, and grow from there. But there is a path and we can make it down it.

I’m not afraid to try new things, learn new things, and just be a part of the new. In fact I embrace it. I want to discover, I want to conquer. I will need help getting there. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty. Yes, disputes are going to happen. But why be afraid of conflict? Be a part of the resolution. This will get messy but sometimes you need things to be taken apart before it can correctly be put back together. We can’t let ourselves get caught up in the terrible details and lose sight of the big picture. It is a waste of our time and efforts to stand around daunted. No one is going to do this for us. We must work on this ourselves.

I don’t feel I’m the only one tired of whatever this is we are doing right now. I can’t be the only person tired of wasting their resources, time, and effort just hoping for a better way. I feel I can put these thoughts and skills to better use, at least better use than I am currently doing. It is time for a change, hopefully a lasting one. I’ll need hands to help me implement this since this isn’t a solo venture. I am certain we can do something big. We can change our world for the better. We will make it is my new battle cry. It is easy to say because it is so very true. We will. We will make it, and we will get there better than we ever imagined.

I’m going to try and get my thoughts out into the ethos more. I am going to gather more people together. I am going to help communication of great minds to bring strong and powerful ideas. I am going to help these minds turn ideas into actions and greatness. As I fix myself I will ignite repair in others. I will inspire and breed inspiration. I… no we are going to change things. We will find the best methods and tinker with the ones that aren’t quite there. We’re going to get better. We are going to get more awesome.

There is going to be fear but we will not be afraid. We will stand tall and promote our ideals to all that will listen. We’ll garner strong allies and even stronger friendships. We will change the very nature of our world. We won’t miss out on the little details that makes it all so very worthwhile. We won’t let the big picture escape us. There is a dream that can be a reality. A reality that we all take a part of. I can’t do it without you. You are a part of all this. Just by reading these words you are helping the cause. If they affected you in the slightest you’re now part of the cause. If they ignite a fire in you that just won’t die you are the cause and I want to help unleash that flame.

I want to be able to look back on it all and say, “Yeah those skills I learned, I put them to good use and I changed something because of it.” I want to not feel wasted. I want to be an asset. I have a dream that a few great ideas, given to the right minds, can change the world. I know that I can help a few great minds get together. I know that I can help communicate a better world for ourselves, our loved ones, our hopes and dreams. I’m not going to give up on this, on you, on the world. There is no reason that this fantasy cannot be our certainty with a little time, effort, and good people to get us through.

So that great idea you had… can I hear a little bit more?

Update on the mobile keyboard front

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Bloggers, Editorial, Rant, Tech
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My last post was when I moved to using physical keyboard enabled phones to the Note 2. What better way to start a refresh than to write about how it has been.

The Sidekick 4g I replaced sits in front of me, it has been called back into duty as broken screens are replaced, I remembered my love for physical keyboards as I set it up for the misses. Right now I continue to use it’s Note 2 successor abs it’s even the device I’m writing this post from. I have to say it’s been a journey.

First things first, my touchscreen isn’t better. I’ve gotten more use to it but overall using a touchscreen is not a better experience than typing, it’s just different. I find at times it has it’s own nuances and difficulties that make the experience always unique to itself. I find it consistently problematic that my keyboard is much closely tied to software causing the normal limitations. Phone slowing down? Well say goodbye to the urgency of that message. But I guess these are troubles billions go through I’m just late to the market.

I primarily use Swype as my keyboard of choice. The input method and keyboard are to my liking and simulate the speed I have typing. With it, comes errors and retypes as proficiency and speed duel each other out. It makes me wonder if the squiggles I use to input words make a language of their own, but that is a post for another time.

For the most part it works, and it jettisons the costly and heavy physical keyboard. Plus in a touchscreen generation it’s a needed experience. I miss my keyboard and every time I use my laptop or desktop I’m thankful for its input. How long until those as well go the way of the floppy disk? I guess time will tell. Until then I will continue to miss my keyboard.

This weekend I’ll be saying goodbye to a friend I didn’t think would be leaving me this soon. We’ve had a great relationship together but we have both come to realize it will never work out for the two of us. This tumultuous ending comes as a surprise to very few but it doesn’t stop it from being a remorseful breakup. Others had made the decision long before me. Some never even gave them a chance. But this weekend ends the longstanding relationship with me and a physical keyboard on my phone.

Oh QWERTY key I knew you well. You’ve always been a friend to me allowing for quick opening and typing out of long detailed and complex thoughts. You’ve allowed vibrant use of my vernacular without worry for word addition or misunderstanding. You’ve allowed me to be my own personal typist and spell check. But our time together is coming to a close.

Why you ask? Well to be blunt it is because you’re becoming so very outdated. I can honestly say there never was a time when I felt you kept up like the rest of the pack but I loved you regardless. You gave me something that the others couldn’t. You gave me text confidence and for that you were always priceless. I remember when we first met. I was so nervous but it became an instant love affair. My text message limits sky rocketed as I found I could always find just the right things to say with you. No longer did I have to worry about clumsy T9 or mistake prone on screen. You were mine to express myself how I saw fit. You were always known so well like we’d been together forever. You were simple… but I think that is where the problem in you lied.

Your simplicity became your biggest burden. With more and more phones being able to accept after market keyboards via Bluetooth why should anyone feel pigeonholed to keeping you around oh QWERTY key? With your addition of girth with no added power more and more users flocked away from you. Why add the inches just to type a little bit faster? The onscreen keyboard wasn’t that bad right? Well it was for me. I held out as long as I could. But you didn’t seem to hold out for me.

What happened to us? Why did you stop coming around? I use to see you and maybe 5 of your friends a year but now I’m lucky if even one good one of you comes around. You also never seem to excel. You’re not terrible, but mid-range at best. Why can you never be a blockbuster? I feel you’re never supportive much after the start of the relationship. You sort of just fall to the side and are forgotten. So now it’s my time to do the same.

I want to say I’m sorry. I really do. I always supported you. I never thought that this joy had to end. But for me it really does. You’re just not reliable anymore. I can’t trust you’ll be around when I need you. Do I think I’ll find better? No I really don’t. But I think that I’ll have to make due. I’ll find alternatives and ways to make things work until the hurt of losing you is just a mere memory.

It was great while it lasted old friend. Maybe one day down the line we can meet again in another fashion. Maybe I’ll run into a cousin of yours that is compatible with what I need. But for right now I have to say goodbye. I have to turn away and not look back. But you’ll always be the physical keyboard in my heart.